Luke 14-16 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
14 And it came to pass, as He went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched Him.
2 And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had the dropsy.
3 And Jesus answering, spoke unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?”
4 But they held their peace. And He took him and healed him, and let him go.
5 And He answered them, saying, “Which of you shall have an ox or an ass fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day?”
6 And again they could not answer Him concerning these things.
7 And He put forth a parable to those who were bidden, when He marked how they chose out the chief places, saying unto them,
8 “When thou art bidden by any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest place, lest a more honorable man than thou be bidden by him,
9 and he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, ‘Give this man thy place,’ and thou begin with shame to take the lowest place.
10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest place, that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then shalt thou have honor in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.
11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
12 Then said He also to him who bade Him, “When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen nor thy rich neighbors, lest they also bid thee again and a recompense be made to thee.
13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind,
14 and thou shalt be blessed, for they cannot recompense thee. For thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”
15 And when one of those who sat at meat with Him heard these things, he said unto Him, “Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the Kingdom of God.”
16 Then Jesus said unto him, “A certain man made a great supper and bade many.
17 And he sent his servant at suppertime to say to them that were bidden, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’
18 And they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said unto him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I need to go and see it. I pray thee have me excused.’
19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to test them. I pray thee have me excused.’
20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’
21 So that servant came and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor and the maimed and the halt and the blind.’
22 And the servant said, ‘Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.’
23 And the lord said unto the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I say unto you that none of those men who were bidden shall taste of my supper.’”
25 And there went great multitudes with Him, and He turned and said unto them,
26 “If any man come to Me and hate not his father and mother, and wife and children, and brethren and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest it may happen, after he hath laid the foundation and is not able to finish it, all who behold it begin to mock him,
30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an envoy and desireth conditions of peace.
33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.
34 “Salt is good; but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
15 Then drew near unto Him all the publicans and sinners to hear Him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, “This man receiveth sinners and eateth with them.”
3 And He spoke this parable unto them, saying,
4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’
7 I say unto you that likewise more joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that repenteth, than over ninety and nine just persons who need no repentance.
8 “Or what woman, having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle and sweep the house and seek diligently until she find it?
9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I had lost!’
10 Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
11 And He said, “A certain man had two sons.
12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.’ And he divided unto them his estate.
13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land, and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine ate, and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father and will say unto him, “Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before thee,
19 and am no more worthy to be called thy son. Make me as one of thy hired servants.”’
20 And he arose and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, ‘Father, I have sinned against Heaven and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.’
22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring forth the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet.
23 And bring hither the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;
24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
25 “Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, ‘Thy brother is come, and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.’
28 And he was angry and would not go in; therefore came his father out and entreated him.
29 And he answering said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years have I served thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends.
30 But as soon as this thy son was come who hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.’
31 And he said unto him, ‘Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
32 It was meet that we should make merry and be glad; for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.’”
16 And He said also unto His disciples, “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.
2 And he called him and said unto him, ‘How is it that I hear this of thee? Give an account of thy stewardship, for thou mayest be no longer steward.’
3 Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my lord taketh away from me the stewardship. I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
4 I am resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’
5 So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, ‘How much owest thou unto my lord?’
6 And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take thy bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’
7 Then said he to another, ‘And how much owest thou?’ And he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ And he said unto him, ‘Take thy bill and write fourscore.’
8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely; for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
9 And I say unto you, make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness, that when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
10 He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much; and he that is unjust in the least, is unjust also in much.
11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things, and they derided Him.
15 And He said unto them, “Ye are they who justify yourselves before men, but God knoweth your hearts. For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
16 “The Law and the Prophets were until John. Since that time the Kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than one tittle of the law to fail.
18 “Whosoever putteth away his wife and marrieth another committeth adultery; and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
19 “There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate, full of sores
21 and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried.
23 And in hell, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’
25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime received thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and thou art tormented.
26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that they who would pass from here to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from there.’
27 Then he said, ‘I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house,
28 for I have five brethren, that he may testify unto them lest they also come into this place of torment.’
29 Abraham said unto him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’
30 And he said, ‘Nay, father Abraham; but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.’
31 And Abraham said unto him, ‘If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.’”